• ’12 Years A Slave’ Dominates Spirit Awards With 7 Nominations

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    Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave leads all nominees for the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards, the Santa Monica beach-side ceremony held the day before the Oscars.

    The Steve McQueen-directed drama is up for seven awards, including best feature, best director, best actor (Chiwetel Ejiofer), best supporting actor (Michael Fassbender), best screenplay (John Ridley) and best cinematography (Sean Bobbitt).

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    Breakout star Lupita Nyong’o, who blew viewers away in her role as Patsy, is also up for best supporting actress. During a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the Kenya-born rising star said preparing for the film “was tough.”

    “I knew I couldn’t go about it in any sort of method way because I would have not survived the experience,” she said. “I was always so close to tears, and plenty of times, I’d be in my hotel room, just crying.”

    Other nominations for the indie award show include Paramount Pictures’ Nebraska, Robert Redford’s survival tale All is Lost, the Coen brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis and quirky comedy Frances Ha.

    Check out the complete nomination list below and be sure to watch the ceremony March 1st on IFC.

    BEST FEATURE

    12 Years A Slave

    All Is Lost

    Frances Ha

    Inside Llewyn Davis

    Nebraska

    BEST DIRECTOR

    Shane Carruth, Upstream Color

    J.C. Chandor, All Is Lost

    Steve McQueen, 12 Years A Slave

    Jeff Nichols, Mud

    Alexander Payne, Nebraska

    BEST FEMALE LEAD

    Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine

    Julie Delpy, Before Midnight

    Gaby Hoffmann, Crystal Fairy

    Brie Larson, Short Term 12

    Shailene Woodley, The Spectacular Now

    BEST MALE LEAD

    Bruce Dern, Nebraska

    Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years A Slave

    Oscar Isaac, Inside Llewyn Davis

    Michael B Jordan, Fruitvale Station

    Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club

    Robert Redford, All Is Lost

    BEST SCREENPLAY

    Woody Allen, Blue Jasmine

    Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke & Richard Linklater, Before Midnight

    Nicole Holofcener, Enough Said

    Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber, The Spectacular Now

    John Ridley, 12 Years A Slave

    BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE

    Melonie Diaz, Fruitvale Station

    Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine

    Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave

    Yolonda Ross, Go For Sisters

    June Squibb, Nebraska

    BEST SUPPORTING MALE

    Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave

    Will Forte, Nebraska

    James Gandolfini, Enough Said

    Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club

    Keith Stanfield, Short Term 12

    BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY

    Lake Bell, In A World

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Don Jon

    Bob Nelson, Nebraska

    Jill Soloway, Afternoon Delight

    Mike Starrbury, The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete

    BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

    Sean Bobbitt, 12 Years A Slave

    Benoit Debie, Spring Breakers

    Bruno Delbonnel, Inside Llewyn Davis

    Frank G. Demarco, All Is Lost

    Matthias Grunsky, Computer Chess

    BEST EDITING

    Shane Carruth & David Lowery, Upstream Color

    Jem Cohen & Marc Vives, Museum Hours

    Frank G. Demarco, All Is Lost

    Matthias Grunsky, Computer Chess

    Nat Sanders, Short Term 12

    BEST DOCUMENTARY

    20 Feet From Stardom, Director/Producer: Morgan Neville, Producers: Gil Friesen & Caitrin Rogers

    After Tiller, Directors/Producers: Martha Shane & Lana Wilson

    Gideon’s Army, Director/Producer: Dawn Porter, Producer: Julie Goldman

    The Act of Killing, Director/Producer: Joshua Oppenheimer, Producers: Joram Ten Brink, Christine Cynn, Anne Köhncke, Signe Byrge Sørensen, Michael Uwemedimo

    The Square, Director: Jehane Noujaim, Producer: Karim Amer

    BEST INT’L FILM

    A Touch of Sin (China)

    Blue is the Warmest Color (France)

    Gloria (Chile)

    The Great Beauty (Italy)

    The Hunt (Denmark)

    BEST FIRST FEATURE

    Blue Caprice, Director/Producer: Alexandre Moors; Producers: Kim Jackson, Brian O’Carroll, Isen Robbins, Will Rowbotham, Ron Simons, Aimee Schoof, Stephen Tedeschi;

    Concussion, Director: Stacie Passon, Producer: Rose Troche

    Fruitvale Station, Director: Ryan Coogler; Producers: Nina Yang Bongiovi, Forest Whitaker

    Una Noche, Director/Producer: Lucy Mulloy, Producers: Sandy Pérez Aguila, Maite Artieda, Daniel Mulloy, Yunior Santiago

    Wadjda, Director: Haifaa Al Mansour, Producers: Gerhard Meixner, Roman Paul

    JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD (best feature made for under $500,000)

    Computer Chess, Writer/Director: Andrew Bujalski, Producers: Houston King & Alex Lipschultz

    Crystal Fairy, Writer/Director: Sebastiàn Silva, Producers: Juan de Dios Larraín & Pablo Larraín

    Museum Hours, Writer/Director: Jem Cohen, Producers: Paolo Calamita & Gabriele Kranzelbinder

    Pit Stop, Writer/Director: Yen Tan, Writer: David Lowery, Producers: Jonathan Duffy, James M. Johnston, Eric Steele, Kelly Williams

    This is Martin Bonner, Writer/Director: Chad Hartigan, Producer: Cherie Saulter

    17th ANNUAL PIAGET PRODUCERS AWARD

    Toby Halbrooks & James M. Johnston, Jacob Jaffke, Andrea Roa, Frederick Thornton

    20th ANNUAL SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD

    My Sister’s Quinceañera, Director: Aaron Douglas Johnston

    Newlyweeds, Director: Shaka King

    The Foxy Merkins, Director: Madeline Olnek

    19th ANNUAL STELLA ARTOIS TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD

    Kalyanee Mam, A River Changes Course

    Jason Osder, Let the Fire Burn

    Stephanie Spray & Pacho Velez, Manakamana

    ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD

    Mud, Director: Jeff Nichols, Casting Director: Francine Maisler, Ensemble Cast: Joe Don Baker, Jacob Lofland, Matthew McConaughey, Ray McKinnon, Sarah Paulson, Michael Shannon, Sam Shepard, Tye Sheridan, Paul Sparks, Bonnie Sturdivant, Reese Witherspoon

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